Joseph Swan Vineyards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Great Oak Vineyard 2007

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Joseph Swan Vineyards:
The winery was named by Joe Swan when he founded it thirty years ago. Joe came to winemaking from an unlikely background. In 1967 he purchased a small farm on Laguna Road near the town of Forestville in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. The property consisted of 13 acres of old Zinfandel vines, fruit trees and pasture along with several structures including an old barn and a nearly 10... Read more
The winery was named by Joe Swan when he founded it thirty years ago. Joe came to winemaking from an unlikely background. In 1967 he purchased a small farm on Laguna Road near the town of Forestville in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. The property consisted of 13 acres of old Zinfandel vines, fruit trees and pasture along with several structures including an old barn and a nearly 100 year old house. In addition to the physical attributes, it included an interesting history. The house once housed the post office of the village of Trenton along with the general store and telephone exchange. The first few vintages were made in the cellar of the house and then later in the barn. In 1974, with the help of a few friends (including Joel Peterson who would make his first Ravenswood wines here in 1976), he erected what we jokingly refer to as the tin shed. Joe wasn't interested in fancy buildings, formal gardens, and other fancy trappingsÑhe only wanted a safe, secure place to make wine. Read less

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Snooth User: katej33
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4.00 5
03/05/2011

Four glasses



Tasting Notes:

Typical deep, complex red fruit aromas with lots of spice and a hint of earth. In the mouth it is quite tight although also quite rich. The flavors echo the aromas. There is a bit of youthful, rounded tannin and nice acidity framing the rich fruit. The oak, while a bit noticeable to me at the moment is nicely integrated and should recede further into the background over the next year or so. While very enjoyable now, it is still painfully young. I would advise holding it for a few years to allow it to soften and show its full potential. I would be shocked if this wine does not have a long and vibrant life ahead of it

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434 cases and 10 cases magnums bottled produced.


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